Friday, February 26, 2016

Peggy Noonan Knocks It Out Of The Park

The talking heads just don't seem to get it. They've been calling for Trump's collapse from day one. And the very things that they believe will sink him are the things that are making him more and more popular. The bozos at CNN tried to torpedo him by bringing in a newsbimbo from Telemundo, because, of course, the typical American voter is really going to hate Trump if he fails to genuflect to a foreign-ish questioner. And the news in general were delighted that the former President of Mexico  used the f-word on Trump. Again, Joe Sixpack American voter was sure to be horrified that Trump had so upset a foreign guy with a foreign accent. And they're also sure that a denunciation of Trump and a warning agains voting for him from a Communist Chinese official, of all people, is going to make people afraid to vote for him. And I can remember when the same clown-pundits were sure that Reagan's calling the Soviet Union "Evil Empire" would spell the end of Reagan. Instead, it signaled the coming end of the Soviet Union. Sheesh.

These people live in a dream world where American voters are hipsters, just like them, and are going to be repulsed by Trump's aggressive, masculine nationalism, and will vote for one of those wussy Cubans instead. No. Americans are, believe it or not, a nationalist people who want their government to be vigorously and aggressively pro-American. The don't want their jobs given away to illegal or legal immigrants. And they don't want their factory jobs to disappear overseas. And they don't want to push one for English.

The voters in America, you see, aren't a bunch of latté-sipping SJW's. They're working people, or people trying to work. They're the Silent Majority, the Forgotten Man. They're wage-earning Republicans and Democrats. They're small business people. And they're tired of taking second place to everybody else, be they Black Lives Matter or La Raza or a bunch of immigrants from everywhere.

And Peggy Noonan knows what's going on. This, from her site at [link]:

Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

Why political professionals are struggling to make sense of the world they created.

We’re in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you’re teasing him. Trump, they say.
I had such a conversation again Tuesday with a friend who repairs shoes in a shop on Lexington Avenue. Jimmy asked me, conversationally, what was going to happen. I deflected and asked who he thinks is going to win. “Troomp!” He’s a very nice man, an elderly, old-school Italian-American, but I saw impatience flick across his face: Aren’t you supposed to know these things? 
In America now only normal people are capable of seeing the obvious. 
But actually that’s been true for a while, and is how we got in the position we’re in.
Last October I wrote of the five stages of Trump, based on the Kübler-Ross stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Most of the professionals I know are stuck somewhere between four and five. 
But I keep thinking of how Donald Trump got to be the very likely Republican nominee. There are many answers and reasons, but my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. It is a theme that has been something of a preoccupation in this space over the years, but I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West.
There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.
The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time. 
I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let’s stick with the protected.
They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they’ve got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details. 
Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They’re insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions. 
One issue obviously roiling the U.S. and western Europe is immigration. It is THE issue of the moment, a real and concrete one but also a symbolic one: It stands for all the distance between governments and their citizens. 
It is of course the issue that made Donald Trump. 
Britain will probably leave the European Union over it. In truth immigration is one front in that battle, but it is the most salient because of the European refugee crisis and the failure of the protected class to address it realistically and in a way that offers safety to the unprotected.
If you are an unprotected American—one with limited resources and negligible access to power—you have absorbed some lessons from the past 20 years’ experience of illegal immigration. You know the Democrats won’t protect you and the Republicans won’t help you. Both parties refused to control the border. The Republicans were afraid of being called illiberal, racist, of losing a demographic for a generation. The Democrats wanted to keep the issue alive to use it as a wedge against the Republicans and to establish themselves as owners of the Hispanic vote.

Read the rest here:
Quibcag: Sera Masumi, of Detective Conan, AKA Meitantei Conan (名探偵コナン), pushes back, as she usually does.


  1. It's behind the WSJ paywall.

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    2. That didn't work. I'll try to fix it.

  2. This bitch be crazy. She is obviously some big gubmint ho. We don't need protecting. We're not the kids who need Mommy or nanny Gubmint to run our lives and wipe our nose. We just don't like being excluded. This AA crap is everybody but the White guy. Good luck with that. We made this World you live in, and we're the only ones who can run it and keep it running. You exclude us, and you die. Take a look at Zimbabwe or Haiti or Detroit or Mexico and see just how well the World runs without us bitch. You can sit in the mud with your hand out, but all you'll do is talk to the hand. We wanted to be your friend but you didn't want to be our friend, and when you come to us when you need us, you will talk to the hand. You gave us the high hat and got on your high horse and thought you were too good or we were not good enough. Yeah, OK. That's the way you want it, you are not with us anymore.